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Missing Midfielder To Play His Way Back To Full Fitness

Ki Sung-yueng says he’s still not “100%” fit after recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up while on duty at the Asian Cup with South Korea.

Ki returned to Newcastle with a hamstring problem after the South Koreans realized he would not be fit to play again in the Asian Cup.

Rafa and the Newcastle medical team were not happy at the way the South Korean Federation handled the situation.

Ki managed to get 45 minutes in during Newcastle’s friendly against CSKA Moscow on Saturday in Spain, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Ki Sung-yueng – training in Murcia Spain

That should help Ki, who has played well for Newcastle over the last few months.

But now he has a rival in local lad Sean Longstaff who has been top class during the South Korean’s absence.

This is some of what Ki has said today to nufcTV:

“Hopefully, I get better and better and push more in the training. This game, 45 minutes, helped me get more fit.”

“It was quite cold, no big difference to Newcastle.” “At least we got some sun in the training camp. It was a great time, and we can build from here.”

“I think we have a crucial next three games – it’s going to decide our second part of the season,”

The next three games are all in just eight days – that’s a week in Beatles’ terms:

Sat 23 Feb   Newcastle vs Huddersfield      3:00pm
Wed 27 Feb   Newcastle vs Burnley           8:00pm
Sat 02 Mar   West Ham vs Newcastle          5:30pm

How many points can we take form those games do you think?

With almost everybody fit for the home game to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, we’ll have to see who ends up on the bench – but the starting eleven and the bench will be strong.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    We could in theory get all 9 points out of the next 3 games!

    Could also end up with 2 points or 7 points!!

    A lot of it depends on how we setup and start games should be all over Huddersfield like a rash pressing them and attacking score an early goal and they will crumble

    Burnley will be tough to break down could be the game where we struggle to break them down and concede a cheap goal from a set piece

    West Ham are not playing that good I think we could get a result there

  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Dyche has taken Burnley back into their defensive shell
    for their last few games
    Even the last one a 1 – 3 victory down at Brighton
    Hughton’s men had twice as much possession , more shots
    on goal , twice as many passes.
    However that Kiwi of Burnley’s , Chris Wood , is a cracking striker


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